I have read the previous two installments and was waiting, with bated breath, for book number three. It was not a disappointment. In this story, Etienne along with the rebel priest are hiding weapons and escaped British agents in the basement of their orphanage in Lyon. When the infamous Klaus Barbie (The Butcher of Lyon) is appointed to oversee the Gestapo operations in that part of occupied France, the stakes are raised even higher for the fledgling resistance movement. With her typical bravado and charm Giselle will throw herself into the midst of Barbie's evil world in an effort to disrupt and cause as much havoc to the Germans as possible. Her brother Marcel and her lover, the communist, Philippe will engage in sabotage to make the German's lives hell, but always hanging over the resistance, is the arrogant, yet charming, spectre, of the Butcher of Lyon.
Liberation (The Indigo Rebels #3) is a fantastically thrilling conclusion to an absolutely superb series. I keep banging on about how good Ellie Midwood's books are, but it seems that each new story reaches a new height in emotion, authenticity and readability. When it comes to this period of history there is no fiction peer, that I have found yet, for this author's stories. Her books are clearly meticulously researched and always revolve around real, identifiable characters, during one of the saddest and most brutal periods of human history, yet they resonate with hope, with love, with determination, with courage and with a belief in the ultimate goodness of humanity. Even in the depths of depravity, Midwood brings us stories that can still make us smile and make us laugh, even through our tears. This is a rare quality in an author and one of the reasons why I place her at the top of my favourite author list.
If you've never read a Midwood, give it a try, but if you are a fan, like me, grab it, because you know you'll love it. No question at all, of course, five stars all the way for Liberation (The Indigo Rebels #3)